Don’t panic—the “public charge” rule might not affect you. Find out more on October 19th.

2019-09-26T15:19:16-04:00September 26th, 2019|

by Mayra Episcopo, Guest Columnist When my phone rings at the Division of Immigrant Affairs, the person on the other end of the line is likely an immigrant with a question. I help immigrants every day with employment, housing, food, lawyers, schooling—whatever is needed. I connect them with our local services network, our HealthierJC partners, and our own human services team. But what would happen if my phone stopped ringing? If immigrants stopped trusting local government? In a city where two of every five residents were born in another country, the health of immigrants is a barometer of the city’s public health at large. If immigrants stop calling my phone, that signals a deficiency in the health of our entire City. This month the federal government will use a new [...]

A Van for Our Vets!

2019-08-08T14:33:17-04:00August 8th, 2019|

Thursday, August 8th was Military Appreciation Day when the PGA Tour made a stop at Jersey City's Liberty National Golf Course. The tour's sponsors showed their appreciation for veterans by giving them access to a private lounge, and had a special surprise for Jersey City's local veteran community. Northern Trust President of Wealth Management in the East Region, Henry Johnson, surprised Purple Heart recipient, Vietnam War hero and Commander of VFW Post 2294 Tony Goodson with the keys to a brand new 15-passenger van that is going to be outfitted to be wheelchair accessible and will help transport veterans to and from their medical appointments. VFW Post 2294 was one of the HealthierJC 2018 mini-grantees. They described in great detail what their needs were, and how they would use our [...]

ANNOUNCEMENT: Public Hearings for the Annual Action Plan

2018-10-23T15:07:22-04:00October 23rd, 2018|

Please read the below announcement from Mayor Steven Fulop regarding upcoming public hearings: CITY OF JERSEY CITY Public Notice Announcement As part of its citizen participation process, the Division of Community Development is hosting two public hearings for members of the public to present their views on priorities and strategies for the 2019–2020 Annual Action Plan. The City seeks public input in order to better identify needs relevant to low- and moderate-income residents. The following grants will be discussed at the hearings: • Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) • Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) • HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) • Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS (HOPWA)   The first public hearing will be held on Tuesday, October 30, 2018, at 4 p.m. at St. Peter's University, in the Duncan [...]

Mental Health & Substance Use Resources

2018-10-18T14:47:49-04:00October 17th, 2018|

Mental health and substance use issues affect individuals, families, and communities. As with other health issues, early detection and treatment enables more effective treatment and better outcomes. What is mental illness? Mental illness refers to symptoms that affect our mental health and interfere with our ability to function. It disrupts our ability to work, carry out daily activities, and engage in healthy relationships. Mental illnesses take many forms. Some are comparatively mild with limited impact; others can be disabling and even fatal (suicide, overdose, risky behaviors). What is addiction? Addiction is a chronic brain disease characterized by the compulsive use of drugs or alcohol or patterns of behavior despite harmful consequences. Addiction may impair thinking, behavior, and body functions. It may also interfere with a person’s ability to meet responsibilities [...]

Prepare Now for Winter Storms

2018-10-11T15:03:03-04:00October 11th, 2018|

The end of October is typically the end of hurricane season in the United States, and the beginning of winter storm season in the Northeast. Nor'Easters, blizzards, and winter weather in general brings a unique set of challenges to people who live in cold-weather climates. We recommend taking a few minutes to look over this CDC Winter Readiness Graphic and printing it out for reference, if possible. For a lengthier read on winter weather preparedness, please continue reading below, or click this link to open and save our Winter Storms Fact Sheet.  A major winter storm can be lethal. Preparing for cold weather conditions and responding to them effectively can reduce the dangers caused by winter storms. Winter Storm Preparation Be familiar with winter storm warning messages – subscribe to the social media [...]